Impact of high altitude on pregnancy and newborn parameters

Authors

  • Gustavo F. Gonzales Unidad de Reproducción Humana, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Altura, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Fisiológicas, Facultad de Ciencias y Filosofía, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico doctor en Ciencias.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2012.292.349

Keywords:

Altitude, Pregnancy, Fetal death, Gestational age, Pre-eclampsia, Child

Abstract

This review describes adverse outcomes in pregnancy after brief, intermittent, or permanent residence at high altitudes. Review of literature shows that congenital malformations rates are higher at high altitudes. Additionally, rates of stillbirths, small size for gestational age, and preeclampsia are increased in populations living at high altitudes and are associated with high maternal hemoglobin levels (>14.5 g/dl). In conclusion, a pregnant woman exposed briefly, intermittently, or permanently to high altitudes results in increased risk of adverse outcomes when compared to pregnancies observed at sea level.

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Published

2014-01-31

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Review

How to Cite

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Gonzales GF. Impact of high altitude on pregnancy and newborn parameters. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Jan. 31 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];29(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/349

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